Rented Life adds:
My kid, same age, loves books too. I second that question.
I also have a two-year-old and we could use good library reads, lots of books in the house already. Her fave is Where is Spot? and we have it in English and Spanish. Lift-the-flap books are big in my house. Can I add a request for recommendations of classic children’s books in Spanish that may be easy to find? Some translations seem to work with the rhythm of the originals and some are more literal and not as much fun to read.
First up, check out the comments in this recent post.
Allyson– Our favorite lift the flap books are the ones by Karen Katz, of Where is Baby’s Belly Button fame. She has a bunch of these. We also loved Dear Zoo. A related much loved cut-out book is Where’s that cat? There are a ton of Where’s Spot books as well, though I am not a fan of the Easter one (the kids like it, but it bugs me that [spoiler] Spot finds an egg on the table after mean old female hippo tells him to get off the table; Spot also gets more eggs).
Spanish translations: Our favorite Spanish translations are Buenas Noches Luna and Insectos asombrosos (which you probably won’t find). We also like the bilingual books by Eric Carle, such as Animals Animales — these are fun because they have moving pieces. Our DCs also really loved My First Spanish Word Book. We do have a bunch of other Spanish translations but they’re not popular. Wandering Scientist is probably good for asking for other suggestions.
Our general recommendations for these age groups are: Anything by Sandra Boynton, anything by Mo Willems. These will age well as your child ages. Your children are probably also on the cusp of being able to sit still for Red Fish Blue Fish or Dr. Seuss’s ABCs or Go Dog Go! or Put Me in the Zoo, but you could also wait another year. They will definitely like the board book versions which are shorter.
What say you, Grumpy Readers?